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VINE VOICEon 8 November 2003
born 1963,this book looks briefly at his early life. in the 80s he joined the largest protestant paramilitary organisation,the ulster defence association(UDA). the UDA 2nd battalion controlled west belfast. divided into A,B and C companies. C company itself was divided into 18 units,C1 up to C18,each consisting of 30 to 60 men. i liked the fact the book described the structure for the first time i've seen. by the late 80s the authorities acted against the UDA and imprisoned much of the leadership . ironically younger UDA men like adair welcomed this as they were seen as too cautious and some were special branch informants. now the the "young turks" had taken over and could increase attacks. between 1990 and 1994,adairs unit killed 40 people. the irish republican army (IRA) hated adair and tried to kill him many times.this led to the botched shankhill bomb attack,which killed 9 innocent protestants.adair had an ongoing feud with the north belfast IRA leader (who is named and his photograph is in the book,as is the overall belfast brigade IRA leader). however in 1994 he was secretly recorded boasting of his activities and jailed. released in 1999,he got into a murderous feud with rival protestant organisation the ulster volunteer force(UVF). jailed again,released may 2002. he made the mistake of trying to take over the whole of the UDA,which has a loose federal structure. more killings,adair jailed again. but after adairs men killed another UDA leader,the whole UDA chased his family and supporters out of ulster to england and scotland.it details the leading personalities in adairs unit and includes their photographs. a good very detailed book.recommended
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